Etymology
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tithe (n.)

a tenth part (originally of produce) due as support of the clergy, c. 1200, from Old English teogoþa (Anglian), teoþa (West Saxon) "tenth," from Proto-Germanic *tegunthan, from PIE *dekmto-, from PIE root *dekm- "ten." Retained in ecclesiastical sense while the form was replaced in ordinal use by tenth.

tithe (v.)

Old English teoþian "to pay one-tenth," from the root of tithe (n.). As "to impose a payment of a tenth," late 14c. Related: Tithed; tithing.

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Definitions of tithe
1
tithe (v.)
exact a tithe from;
The church was tithed
tithe (v.)
levy a tithe on (produce or a crop);
The wool was tithed
tithe (v.)
pay one tenth of; pay tithes on, especially to the church;
He tithed his income to the Church
tithe (v.)
pay a tenth of one's income, especially to the church;
Although she left the church officially, she still tithes
2
tithe (n.)
a levy of one tenth of something;
tithe (n.)
an offering of a tenth part of some personal income;
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